Chipotle supply chain
The following are three Chipotle
partners that are early participants and
supporters of the traceability program.
GSF ‘’Golden State Foods’’
Ed Miniat, Inc. (Miniat)
• As one of the largest diversified suppliers to the
foodservice industry, servicing 100+ customers
and 25,000+ restaurants on five continents,
Golden State Foods was among the first
distributors to get involved with Chipotle’s
traceability program. With a wide range of
product portfolios of liquid products, meat
products, produce and dairy, the company was
able to make significant contributions to
developing the process that is designed to work
for all categories of products.
Ed Miniat, Inc. (Miniat)
• Ed Miniat, Inc. (Miniat) was the first Chipotle
supplier to meet the case-labeling requirements
and already had Batch/Lot traceability in place.
Miniat operates a value-added, meat facility in
South Holland, Illinois and its meats are featured
in nationally recognized food brands and
restaurant chains. The company’s core values
continue to encompass business traditions of
honesty, integrity, fair dealing, and quality that
began four generations ago.
• OSI implemented case-level traceability and integrated
its SAP ERP system with the FoodLogiQ application
programming interface (API) to enable automated
Advance Ship Notice (ASN) directly to Chipotle through
a web-based application. This standardized ASN
message is used as an alternative approach to
traditional Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) data
exchange. OSI began its business as a family meat
market in 1909, and since that time one thing has
remained steadfast: the company’s unwavering
dedication to its customers’ success. That is why many
of the world’s leading brands regard OSI as their
premier global food provider.
Chipotle’s traceability implementation enables
the company to trace fresh foods back to
their original source, including the farm where
produce is grown
Suppliers also provide Global Trade Item Numbers for each
and every type of product destined for Chipotle kitchens – food ingredients, beverages and even paper products. For
each supplier, locations and products are uniquely
• laying the initial foundation for ultimately tracing a piece of • produce, for instance, back to the packing house from
• it was shipped, or even to the field where it was grown.
• As part of Chipotle’s traceability program and to track • incoming raw ingredients as well as outbound
• suppliers must use labels containing the product name
• with the Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®),
• number, and pack and/or use by date encoded in a
• barcode on each case of product.
• When we started purchasing naturally raised
beef in 1999 we could hardly find any
suppliers that met our standards. We’ve put a
lot of work into poking, prodding, convincing,
and occasionally applying guilt to ranchers in
order to get more and more suppliers to meet
our naturally raised standards.
• A majority of the cheese and sour cream we
serve at Chipotle comes from pasture-raised
cows. This means that cows have daily access
to outdoor pastures, are never given added
hormones, and are fed an all vegetarian, plantbased diet.
• By U.S. law, all chicken available today must be raised
without added growth hormones. But we're taking that
a step further by sourcing 100% of our chicken from
farms that raise them without antibiotics either. We
also want to avoid any supplier that uses additional
additives in their feed, like arsenic. Some people see
this as a way to make chickens grow faster. We think
arsenic sounds a lot like poison.
Occasionally we'll experience a supply shortage of our
naturally raised chicken, but we'll let you know in the
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